27
September

Merkel’s Narrow Victory

Published in MUNDO MUSICAL

Despite finally winning the election, it doesn’t mean German Chancellor Angela Merkel can  smile widely. A not-too-big win makes Merkel need a coalition to rule. The one thing that distracted her mind is that her partner during the last administration  did not want to form a coalition anymore. Merkel's Party, the Christian Democrat Party-CDU and its coalition partner the  Socialist party- CSU did not succeed in boosting the votes, they  even suffered a decline. Another partner, the Social Democrat Party-SPD lead by  Martin Schulz, said they were no longer in coalition with Merkel. Without coalition Melifies will lose the majority in Parliament.

The problem is, Merkel will not easily make a coalition with other parties such as AfD, for instance. . The  ultra right party  got 13 per cent of the votes  in the election whiiiich makes    AfD become the third largest power. AfD obviously can not be a coalition partner, because their  political views contradicts with  Merkel’s. Other parties, the  FDP,the  Left Party and the Green party despite showing votes increase, got much fewer  votes compppared to AfD. Merkel is also not easily able to coalition with these parties because the FDP party is less suited to the Green party. In fact, coalitions with these parties, known as the Jamaican coalition, due to the parties’ flag colors, (Green of the Green party, Yellow of FDP party and Black of party CDU) are necessary.

The elections  in Germany this time left at least two surprises. First the  Party that has long been in government must accept the fact of the decline in vote. Secondly, the  new party that carries the issue of anti-immigrants like AfD got a double-digit vote increase instead. It is expected that the government in Germany will continue to run well despite the difficulty of building coalitions. Because Germany is now a stabilizer in the EU region. The country continues to grow positively and significantly more than any other European country. Germany's stability also keeps the EU stable so that the Asian economies that are still flowing to other regions including the EU can be accommodated.

 

 

 

07
September

Putin frees his enemies as part of Sochi spin

Published in Noticias

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27
September

Controversy on Non-Standard Weapon Procurement

Published in MUNDO MUSICAL

Recently, there has been a rumor among Indonesians regarding large numbers of weapon procurement ordered by certain parties. Moreover, the ordered weapons are not in accordance with the standards used in Indonesia, both for the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Indonesian Police. There are concerns that the thousands of weapons may be used for something that endangers the state security and resilience. Earlier, before some Indonesian Military (TNI) retired generals and former TNI commanders last week, the Indonesian Military Commander, General Gatot Nurmantyo said that there were thousands of weapons smuggling which are not for the Indonesian Military (TNI) and Indonesian Police. Later on, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Wiranto in a press conference on Sunday 24 September confirmed that there were indeed 500 weapons purchase, not 5.000 as reported. He explained that this weapon is the procurement of National Intelligence Agency (BIN) and purchased from PT Pindad for intelligence school. Minister Wiranto added that the reason why the weapon is said to be smuggled or illegal is because it is not an Indonesian Military (TNI) standard. This is also why the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) does not need to ask permission to the Indonesian Military (TNI) Headquarters but to the Police Headquarters only. Minister Wiranto also stated that the issue of smuggling arms purchases occurred due to ‘incomplete inter-institution communication'.

Meanwhile, Director of Imparsial, an Indonesian NGO, Al Araf said that the statement of the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander on smuggled weapons issue cannot be simplified as a mere miscommunication issue. Al Araf is of the opinion that this issue should be the President’s basic evaluation on the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander. He assessed that such strategic information should be conveyed by the Indonesian Military directly to the President, not to the public. Apart from the issue on weapons smuggling, this incident also shows another side of Indonesia's strategic industry, PT PINDAD, which is capable of making weapons outside the context of diversity owned by the Indonesian Military (TNI) or Indonesian Police. The question is: is there a strict supervision of PT PINDAD related to its various strategic productions? This is important so that the issue on smuggled non-TNI and Police standard weapons will not happen again.

 

 

 

25
September

South Sudan president says army ready to take on rebels

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